An initiative by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTDC), Government of Delhi, the Garden of Five Senses Park was created for general public use at the cost of Rs 10.5 crore and opened in February 2003. The Park is created over 20 acres of land which is partly a rocky terrain in Saidul Ajaib village located opposite Saket, near the heritage area in Mehrauli, Delhi, India. DTDC roped in the Pradeep Sachdeva, a Delhi based architect renowned for numerous critically acclaimed projects. It took three years to incorporate various aesthetically pleasing themes such as solar energy park, herb gardens, slow-moving cascades of water, bamboo courts, Mughal gardens inspired patterns and water lily ponds.
The design of the garden encourages stimulation and use of our five senses namely; smell, touch, sound, sight and taste.
To ensure visitors enjoy the garden, they are encouraged to smell, hear, touch and feel the displays by getting close to them. The fragrant colourful flowering beds for the smell, pleasing landscapes to smooth the eyes, the water cascades and the chimes of the ceramic bells to heighten the sense of sound, the rock and ceramic displays to stimulate the sense of touch and lastly the food courts that serve a variety of cuisines to entice the taste buds.
The park has been designed to provide space for public leisure and connect with nature by awakening the five sensory senses.
The first thing that greets your eyes as you enter the park is the towering birds made up of stainless-steel mounted on pillars. The natural slope has an unrestrained plaza led up through the curved walkway sided with fragrant gardens. Across you are greeted with a herd of elephants that have been cut and crafted from stones, enjoying a bath.
The garden has two distinctly divided areas, where one side is a spiral walkway called KhasBagh complete with Mughal Garden styled formal gardens, slow-moving cascades of water, flowering trees and shrubs along the way. The other side is dotted with shopping and food courts. The Central block is made of a sequence of fibre optic lit fountains that captures the essence of 'A Fountain Tree" sculpture.